The Chiefs (8-4) take command of the AFC West with a two-game lead over the Raiders (6-6) with four games remaining in the regular season. Derek Carr threw an interception on Oakland's first possession, which led to the Chiefs' first touchdown of the game.
Oakland started with the ball, and the drive the tone for their day. But the Chiefs even one upped the long time rival there as well, splitting the load between Lesean McCoy (12 carries) and Darrel Williams (19 carries), who collectively ran for 87 yards, with Mahomes adding 20 yards of his own to bring the rushing total over 100 yards. Carr was intercepted as he sailed the ball to the left sideline and it was taken away by Tyrann Mathieu.
With this win, the AFC West is the Chiefs' to lose. Raiders kick returner proceeded to fumble the ensuing kickoff, and though they had the ball deep in Oakland territory, the Chiefs were not able to capitalize. However, Williams was stopped on a fourth and one at Oakland's 15 despite two attempts.
With so much at stake, the Chiefs need to play hard and put everything on the field over the next five weeks.
Rookie safety Juan Thornhill electrified the Chiefs' win with an interception returned for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Mahomes had appeared to throw just his third interception of the season when Trayvon Mullen stepped in front of Demarcus Robinson in the end zone, but after a Chiefs' challenge, it was determined Mullen grabbed on Robinson's jersey and a pass interference penalty gave Kansas City the ball at Oakland's three.
After the Raiders were stuffed on fourth down, the wheels started to come off the wagon, as the Chiefs drove down the field and scored a touchdown on a Mahomes run.
Chiefs rookie Darwin Thompson opened his National Football League touchdown account Sunday afternoon, scoring a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The win provided the Chiefs momentum heading into Week 14's matchup against their AFC nemesis, the New England Patriots, next Sunday afternoon at Foxboro Stadium. But very few expected the Oakland Raiders to be right there with the Chiefs.